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How To Unclog Your Toilet

A blocked toilet is quite the unpleasant topic but what’s more unpleasant is leaving your toilet clogged or having this issue occur frequently. The first thing you will want to do, of course, is unclog your toilet and this can be done with unblocker liquids or with the use of a plunger. Next you will want to find out the root cause of this annoying, recurring problem.


What can I use to unclog my toilet?

Plunger – pop on a pair of marigolds and use a toilet plunger. Using a plunger allows you to cover and seal the area around the toilet bowl, helping to force the blockage down and through the pipes.

When you begin the procedure, be gentle with the pressure because the bell part of the plunger will be full of air, so to avoid spraying toilet water – be careful. Once the air has been forced out and through the drain, plunge forcefully, in and out, whilst keeping the suction of the cup tight around the toilet bowl. This action will be pushing the water both up and down the drain, which will loosen up the clogs. Try repeating this at least 20 times.

Toilet snake – should the old plunger not budge your blockage, it’s time to grab the toilet snake. This device is a long wire coil, that has a corkscrew-like tip – this is the end that goes directly into the toilet bowl. It is to be turned clockwise to screw through and fragment the blockage. It might also be the case that the debris attaches to the toilet snake and you can get rid of this once the toilet snake has been removed.

Unblocker tablets and liquids – on the high street you will find a number of these products but you must read the labels and take into consideration your situation. It may seem like a miracle product but there’s a possibility that it will just sit on top and make your home stink of bleach. Be careful when using unblocker tablets and liquids.


Reasons why your toilet keeps clogging

Hard water – occasionally, hard water deposits can build up around your toilet’s rim and when this happens, you will need to use a sharp tool to remove this hard water. Next, you will need to pour a solution that contains one part muriatic acid and ten parts water – this should be poured into the tank’s overflow tube. This needs to be repeated again after half an hour.

Blocked trap – when the S-shaped part of your piping has a blockage – it may be caused by a large amount of toilet paper, or maybe a child’s toy or object – you will need to remove the cause. Usually a blocked trap can be dealt with, with a plunger.

Clogged drain line – your problem might be something to do with the drain line, from objects that have built up over time. A serious clogged drain line can cause the water supply to flow into the septic tank or sewage system. With a clogged drain line, it’s important to contact the professionals as soon as possible.


Prevent clogging your toilet

If your toilet works normally, save yourself the hard work by ensuring that only waste and water flush through your drains. People have the tendency to flush down a number of seriously harmful items such as:

  • Hair
  • Tooth floss
  • Medicine
  • Feminine products
  • Paper towels
  • Nappies
  • Plastic

If you’re having problems with your drains, get in contact with Jet Rod today. We have a wealth of experience and provide a number of services including, cleaning & unblocking, drainage repairs, sink unblocking, septic tank installations & repairs and CCTV drain surveys. Based in Macclesfield, working amongst Warrington, Crewe and the neighbouring area.


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